Miriam Carpenter began her career designing furniture alongside Mira Nakashima for more than seven years upon graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2006. In 2013, her work was exhibited in “An Evolving Legacy” which featured collaborations by Mira and Miriam at the Moderne Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.
In 2014, she was awarded the Windgate ITE Residency sponsored by the Center for Art in Wood together with four wood artists from Japan, Canada, West Ghana and the United States. The year following, she lived, worked, and studied with furniture makers, sculptors, scholars, and environmental stewards in Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. Upon her return to the United States, her work was presented in a solo exhibition, “Physical Poems of Romance,” at Messiah College.
In 2018, she was awarded the Windgate Artist-in-Residence spring semster term at SUNY Purchase College. She has had the honor of teaching at Penland School of Craft, Snow Farm, Messiah College, and in joining with talented artists at Echo Lake Collaboration in Bucks County, PA, Emma International Collaboration in Saskatchewan, Canada and CollaboratioNZ in Whangarei, NZ. Her work has been exhibited most notably at Moderne Gallery, Wharton Esherick Museum, Fuller Craft Museum, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Philadelphia International Airport, SOFA, Center for Art in Wood, Salon Art + Design, and Design Miami. Miriam is currently living and working as Artist-in-Residence at the Raymond Farm Center for Living Arts and Design in New Hope, PA.